IRCB and LMC CERPAGE join the WANIDA network

The Institut de Recherche Clinique du Bénin - IRCB and the Centre d'Etude et de Recherche sur les Pathologies Associées à la grossesse et à l'Enfance - CERPAGE join the West African WANIDA network of African Centers of Excellence in infectious diseases.

In order to develop West African partnerships for excellence in infectious disease research, the WANIDA network has welcomed two new members: IRCB and LMC CERPAGE. These new collaborations are part of the continuity and development of the network at regional level, and strengthen the members' multidisciplinary research and innovation capacities to meet the challenges of public health in West Africa.

The multi-disciplinary nature of the teams means that they can work in a number of fields: Covid-19, HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, Ebola, mycobacterial infections, neglected tropical diseases, food-borne pathogens, as well as studies on non-malarial febrile diseases.

The WANIDA network now has 9 members, in 5 English- and French-speaking countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea, Burkina Faso and Benin.

  1. West Africa Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana (coordinating center)
  2. Africa Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), Redeemer's University, Ede, Nigeria
  3. Africa Centre of Excellence for Mycotoxin and Food Safety (ACEMFS), Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria
  4. Africa Centre of Excellence for Neglected Tropical Diseases and Forensic Biology (ACENTDFB), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  5. Africa Centre of Excellence for Population Health and Policy (ACEPHAP), Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
  6. Center d'Excellence Africain en Innovations Biotechnologiques pour l'Élimination des Maladies à Transmission Vectorielle (CEA-ITECH-MTV), Université Nazi Boni, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
  7. African Center of Excellence - Prevention and Control of Transmissible Diseases (CEA-PCMT), Gamal Abdel Nasser University, Conakry, Guinea
  8. Clinical Research Institute of Benin (IRCB), Abomey Calavi, Benin
  9. Laboratoire Mixte Commun LMC CERPAGE Centre d'étude et de recherche sur les pathologies associées à la grossesse et à l'enfance, Abomey Calavi, Benin

ZOOM on the LMC Joint Laboratory CERPAGE Center for study and research on pathologies associated with pregnancy and childhood
Created in 2019, CERPAGE is a Joint Laboratory, supported by the Faculty of Sciences and Health of the University of Abomey Calavi (FSS/UAC), by the Clinical Research Institute of Benin (IRCB), by the Center for Integrated Malaria Control (CLIP), and the MERIT UMR of the Institute of Research for Development (IRD).

This research and training partnership aims to strengthen their expertise in the study of malaria in pregnant women and children, but also to develop work on infections and new themes on non-communicable diseases of the epidemiological transition, in order to improve knowledge enabling the management and prevention of diseases of the mother and young child within the framework of public health policy and strategies in intertropical zones.

Focus on the Clinical Research Institute of Benin, the IRCB
Founded in 2016 by the IRD, Inserm and the Beninese Ministry of Research and Higher Education and Ministry of Health, the IRCB is a platform dedicated to clinical research, in priority health themes such as malaria, tropical and emerging diseases as well as non-communicable diseases. The IRCB aims to contribute to the establishment of a medical research structure of excellence in French-speaking Africa, and to develop partnerships for multicenter trials, making its resources and expertise available to external researchers and institutions.

The Institute is home to the first vaccine trials against gestational malaria. Several large-scale programs are underway, including the Deworm 3 project (multicenter cluster trials on helminthic infections -, and an EDCTP-funded therapeutic trial on the treatment of malaria with artemisinin-based triple therapy (ASAAP project -

Wanida partners